Elizabeth “Betty” McCormick was born in New York to Albert C. Fox and Margaret Hoey. The family lived in Plandome, NY, until 1939, when they moved permanently to their summer home, Headlong Hall, in Centreville, MD, where Betty enjoyed growing up riding and showing horses. She attended Gunston School, just across the way from Headlong Hall, then on to Fox Hollow in Lenox, MA. After graduating she went on to Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She married Clifton Miller, Jr., in 1946; in 1952 they moved to Middleburg, VA. Following their divorce Betty worked for Simmons Properties in Washington, D.C. In 1959 Betty married James P. McCormick, a talented horseman she met fox hunting and to whom she would be devoted for their 42 years together. After two decades of training horses in Maryland, the McCormick family moved back to Dover, the family farm in Middleburg, where kids, dogs, and horses were raised and played happily. As Jamie relaxed growing his vegetables, Betty had a green thumb in the flower garden. She had a great passion for fresh-cut flowers; guests would find them beautifully arranged on any visit.
Betty was one of the last of her generation who has made an impression on her community. Always a perfect hostess, Betty often had parties and events at Dover, where one was always graciously welcomed and treated. There was never a stranger at Dover. One of her greatest joys was to have her children and grandchildren visit her throughout the year, especially at Christmas, where Betty loved the fun, pageantry and traditions of the holiday season in her home. A life-long enthusiast of fox hunting and steeplechasing, Betty could always be found as hounds and her friends gathered at a fixture or at her tailgate spot at many of the local point-to-points and the Virginia Fall Races.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Jamie, and her oldest daughter, Susan Miller. She is survived by her sister, Nancy F. Moorshead, and by her three daughters, Elizabeth Barrett of Parkton, MD, Carolene Miller of Rancho Murieta, CA, and Katherine McCormick of Middleburg; a stepson, William McCormick of Middleburg, and six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on East Washington Street, Middleburg, on January 30, 2017, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Middleburg Humane Foundation.